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Taxi bullies terrorise motorists on the N2 North Coast

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Durban – Drivers on the North Coast fear for their lives, claiming that taxi security are forcing cars to pull over on the N2 and are demanding money from them, North Coast Courier reports.

A Richard’s Bay resident who travels on the N2 to Ballito daily said VIP taxi security, armed with rifles, were pulling over cars that carried passengers.

From photos and descriptions of the vehicles, the guards are suspected to be from the KwaDukuza Taxi Association.

“I travel from Richard’s Bay to Ballito every morning around 7 am and pick up passengers from Stanger. Some mornings, the armed VIP taxi protection vehicles wait by the Shell Ultra City Garage or by Groutville, watching which cars are carrying passengers. When they do spot a vehicle, they chase them at high speed, cut in front of them and force them to pull over.”

The man said that just a week ago, the security company caused a minor accident while attempting to pull over a car.

“I was in the slow lane and the taxi security passed me between the yellow line and the bush. He was travelling at high speed, trying to stop a delivery vehicle in front of me who picked up staff at the Blythedale turn-off. The security went in front of the van and slowed down and the van actually hit the back of his car.

“It is quite scary because I have seen them carrying rifles on two occasions.”

The North Coast Courier highlighted taxi intimidation on the R102 for the past three weeks where motorists have reported being pulled over by taxi drivers from the Dolphin Coast Taxi Association, between Umhlali and Groutville.

Two weeks ago, a local bakkie driver who was travelling in a company vehicle was pulled over on the R102 by a man believed to be a taxi driver.

The victim was told that he had to pay a R2,000 fine for travelling on the road and if he did not, his vehicle would be set alight.

Responding to the cases on the R102, Dolphin Coast Taxi Association spokesperson Sunshine Mthiyane said they were aware of the problem and encouraged victims to open cases at SAPS or to report the taxi registration to the association.

“We do not support such behaviour and we have a division in the organisation that deals with disciplinary action. We are currently working with police to address the issue and to identify the culprits.”

Attempts to contact the KwaDukuza Taxi Association security company accused of bullying motorists on the N2 have been unsuccessful.

South African National Taxi Council regional chairperson Bongani Mkhwanazi condemned bullying of motorists and said they would investigate.

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Dashcam shows terrified bakkie driver under attack from an incensed elephant

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Elephant vs bakkie limpopo

Toyota bakkies are amongst the best when it comes to navigating the bushes but that’s only when there are no elephants.

Ask a Bosbok Gas employee and his Toyota bakkie they will tell you the elephant is the real boss after they survived an encounter with a charged one.

The Bosbok Gas driver, Norman Nukeri, had a “too close” encounter with nature while making a delivery to one of its game reserve clients.

Nathan Traut, Bosbok Gas’ marketing and operations manager, said their driver was on his way out of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve on Tuesday after delivering diesel to Klaserie Drift and Ntoma Bush Lodge.

While on his way out, Nukeri had a run-in with an elephant that left his Toyota bakkie with quite a bit of damage to the body.

Traut said in the 30 years they have been in business, something like this has never happened.

“Nature is one of the perks of having to work in nature reserves, just not this close up,” he jokingly remarked.

A video of the incident shows Nukeri trying to ward the elephant off. Initially, it seems as though the animal gives up on the stand-off, but then later returns to basically separate the bonnet from the bakkie.

In facing dashcam shows the terrified Nukeri shell shocked as the elephant attacks his bakkie.

Nukeri could not reverse to outpace the elephant since was towing a small diesel tanker.

“Nukeri is fine, he is just a little shell-shocked. Our director, Hardus Geldenhuys, and a second driver went to the scene to assist. A good thing, considering Nukeri’s state of shock,” Traut said.

Elephant vs bakkie Klaserie Private Nature Reserve

The bakkie after enduring the attack. Photo supplied.

“The bakkie’s bodywork was damaged, but there are very few mechanical issues. It was driveable, just not with the bonnet, so they removed it and the vehicle was brought back to the office sans bonnet by the second driver.”

Damage to the bakkie is in the region of R50 000.

Even though Nukeri is doing well, Traut mentioned that he does not wish to be interviewed.

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Look: 4 critically injured in tanker and bus crash on N3

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Tanker and bus on fire mooi river

Four people have been injured and multiple others injured when a tanker truck, a bus and other vehicles were involved in a serious crash on N3 north just before the Hidcote off ramp in Mooi River.

Netcare 911’s Shawn Herbst said that paramedics responded to the accident scene at 15H42 on Monday afternoon.

“Netcare 911 with Nsele Ambulance Services Responded to a collision on the N3 Johannesburg bound in Hidcote KZN Midlands region.

Reports indicate that a bus, tanker and multiple cars were involved in a collision leaving four people critical and approximately fourty-four other patients with minor to serious injuries,” said Hersbt.

The fire and rescue services are currently on scene trying to extinguish the fire to determine if any deaths have occurred.

This is a developing story.

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Tanker bus accident hidcote

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Attorney Theasen Pillay found deceased in his Umhlanga Ridge apartment

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Attorney Theasan Pillay death

Durban – Lawyer Theasan Pillay, 47, from attorneys Theasan Pillay and Associates has been found dead in his apartment on Solstice road in Umhlanga Ridge on Friday morning.

Private security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) reported that they received a call at 11h34 on Friday from a relative requesting assistance after he made the gruesome discovery.

Rusa officers and paramedics on arrival found Pillay in his bedroom.

He had suffered stab wounds to his arm and chest.

“It was established that Pillay left a suicide note at his offices in Umhlanga prior to leaving the premises this morning. His employees discovered the note and called him. During a telephonic conversation he assured them that he was fine and needed some time alone. They then informed his family and requested that they check on his well-being.

His brother proceeded to his apartment and gained access with a set of spare keys when he made the discovery,” said Rusa.

Pillay’s death is being investigated by the police and updates will be shared as soon as they become available.

This is a developing story.

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